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Australia condemns Israeli air strike killing aid worker



Australia’s Prime Minister has strongly condemned the Israeli air strike that resulted in the deaths of seven aid workers, including an Australian national, Zomi Frankcom.

  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese condemns Israeli air strike killing aid workers, including Australian national Zomi Frankcom, during a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Albanese emphasises the need for full accountability and transparency, urging a thorough investigation into the incident and stressing the importance of unimpeded humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

  • He reaffirms Australia’s support for a two-state solution in the Middle East, condemning Hamas as a terrorist organisation and advocating for peace, security, and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Albanese expressed his anger and concern during a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today.

“Zomi was an Australian aid worker volunteering with the World Central Kitchen to provide support to those suffering in Gaza. This tragic loss is completely unacceptable,” Albanese stated.

Netanyahu conveyed his condolences to Frankcom’s family and to Australia, accepting responsibility for the incident.

Albanese emphasised the importance of full accountability and transparency, urging a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the strike.

Australia’s stance

“I made clear that humanitarian assistance must reach people in Gaza unimpeded and in large quantities,” Albanese affirmed, reiterating Australia’s stance on the matter.

Additionally, Albanese expressed concern about the ground invasion of Rafah and its impact on civilians in the area.

He reiterated Australia’s condemnation of the events of October 7 and labeled Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

Albanese also reaffirmed Australia’s support for a two-state solution in the Middle East, advocating for peace, security, and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The conversation between Albanese and Netanyahu underscores the gravity of the situation and Australia’s commitment to ensuring accountability and humanitarian aid in Gaza.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Big tech caught in political drama



Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.


The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture



U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?



The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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